Credit unions award scholarships to Rhode Island students

MALBOROUGH, MA (June 16, 2016) — The Credit Unions of Rhode Island, through the Cooperative Credit Union Association, Inc., (CCUA), recently awarded eight scholarships to students either entering or returning to college in September 2016. The credit unions narrowed down their fields of applicants from among hundreds and sent the top three to CCUA. The recipients were selected from among 31 applications that were submitted by 11 credit unions throughout Rhode Island. 

Applications were evaluated on a variety of criteria, including the student’s academic performance, extracurricular activities and the quality and content of an essay that addressed the applicant’s intended major field of study and career goals.
“The quality of the applications impressed the panel of credit union executives who made up the selection committee,” said CCUA President Paul Gentile. “In addition to impressive academic records, the students demonstrated a dedicated commitment to the community through their volunteer work.”
The 2016 scholarship winners are:

Nicholas Degnan, sponsored by Blackstone River Federal Credit Union (Woonsocket)
Danielle Dottor, sponsored by Greenwood Credit Union (Warwick)
Melissa Drake, sponsored by Navigant Credit Union (Smithfield)
Eric Gaudette, sponsored by Pawtucket Credit Union (Pawtucket)
Meaghan Murray, sponsored by People’s Credit Union (Middletown)
Melanie Morales, sponsored by Rhode Island Credit Union (Providence)
Marina Ann Carro, sponsored by Wave Federal Credit Union (Warwick)
Isaac Kaufman, sponsored by Westerly Community Credit Union (Westerly)

About Cooperative Credit Union Association

The Cooperative Credit Union Association is a regional trade organization serving as the voice for nearly 180-member credit unions located in the States of Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. CCUA member credit unions hold combined assets in excess of $73 billion and serve a collective membership base of more than 4.7 million consumers. Last year, CCUA credit unions provided more than $500 million in direct financial benefits to their members and had a combined financial impact of over $5 billion on their states. For more information, visit


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